In a manufacturing setting, torque converters are essential devices for turning large rotary shafts. These converters must withstand the high forces and temperatures generated by the rotational motion. Typical applications for torque converters include metal forming, forging, and rolling.
One of the most common injuries in this industry is called “rotator cuff syndrome” or “carpal tunnel syndrome.” This condition occurs when the rotator cuff muscles become inflamed and weakened from overuse. The result is limited range of motion and pain in the shoulder joint. Injuries to torque converters can also occur as a result of sudden increases in force or torque, or when the converter becomes clogged with material.
Serious injuries from torque converters are not rare. Some of the more serious types of injuries include amputation, nerve damage, and eye damage. Injuries like this can occur when the converter is overloaded or when it slips out of its mounting.
Another common way torque converters can injure someone is by throwing them off of the machine. If an object is attached to the output shaft of a torque converter, it can cause sudden jerks that toss people off of the machine. Injuries caused by torque converters also include spinal cord injuries, head injuries, and even death.
To prevent these injuries, workers should follow safe work practices and use proper equipment. These measures include wearing protective gear such as gloves and a safety helmet, keeping arms and legs straight while working, and using a task-specific stool to reduce strain on the back. If an injury does occur, workers should seek medical attention immediately to prevent permanent damage.
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of using a torque converter improperly, don’t hesitate to seek legal help. A qualified attorney may be able to provide you with legal advice and representation on your behalf.